I feel bad for the horse that was subjected to this mess of a bit. - The Horse Forum

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post #1 of 10 Old 07-02-2012, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
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I feel bad for the horse that was subjected to this mess of a bit.

Tom Thumb with a corkscrew mouthpiece. Ick!


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post #2 of 10 Old 07-02-2012, 03:53 PM
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Wow, that bit looks awful... I can't believe the kinds of things people put in their horses' mouths. IMHO if a horse won't do what you ask when you ride them in a plain snaffle bit (or even a regular rope halter), then that's a training issue, not a bit issue.
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post #3 of 10 Old 07-02-2012, 10:24 PM
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I'd never put that in my horse's mouth. He's far too sensitive!

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post #4 of 10 Old 07-02-2012, 10:50 PM
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Chain chinstrap too? Ewy....
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post #5 of 10 Old 07-03-2012, 07:15 AM
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Bits never cease to amaze me.
A few weeks ago I was looking into saddleseat tack, and I found this lovely bit collection:
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Bicycle chains? Normal chains? Whatever the **** that "mule mouth" thing is? Thin slow twist wire?
I try to stay away from the whole 'my way or you're wrong' idea that is prevalent in the horse world but this... If there is any way in the world to justify putting a bicycle chain or spikes in your horses mouth, oh please let me know.
Disgusting.
(Disclaimer- Not a jab at saddle seat riding at all. Just these bits (: )
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post #6 of 10 Old 07-03-2012, 07:18 AM
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I went to look at a mare on Saturday and I asked the owner/trainer what he was using. He goes " oh, just a tom thumb, you know...nothing too harsh"

I'm pretty sure I had "the look" on my face. I'm horrible at hiding it.
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post #7 of 10 Old 07-04-2012, 11:08 AM
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The mouthpiece on that Tom Thumb doesn't bother me....what DOES bother me is that it's a Tom Thumb to begin with!
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post #8 of 10 Old 07-06-2012, 10:11 AM
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I've used Tom Thumbs. They can be great transition bits between a snaffle and the curb. The short shanks can teach the horse curb action yet he is still comfortable with the jointed mouthpiece. By the time I start using a TT my horse will turn with a mere tickle of the rein with my pinky and would whoa when I relaxed my body. It helped the horses learn to neck rein. Don't condemn the bit but the hands that use it.
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post #9 of 10 Old 07-06-2012, 12:56 PM
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I found one on a tack sale page on facebook definitely a tomb thumb but it had a roller in the middle -_- never knew there were so many versions!
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post #10 of 10 Old 07-06-2012, 05:02 PM
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I've used Tom Thumbs. They can be great transition bits between a snaffle and the curb. The short shanks can teach the horse curb action yet he is still comfortable with the jointed mouthpiece. By the time I start using a TT my horse will turn with a mere tickle of the rein with my pinky and would whoa when I relaxed my body. It helped the horses learn to neck rein. Don't condemn the bit but the hands that use it.
It's not the hands in the case of a TT, it the bit to begin with. That's what people DON'T understand about a TT. They are THE MOST POORLY designed bit from an architectural AND mechanical standpoint. I have never owned one and never will....
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